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Electronic data discovery costs less than paper discovery. Honest. In comparable volumes, it’s cheaper to collect, index, store, copy, transport, search and share electronically stored information. But we hoard data with an indiscriminate tenacity we’d label mental illness if we were piling up paper. It’s not just that we keep so much, it’s that our collections are so unstructured. Squirrel away 20 years of National Geographic with an index and you’re a librarian. Without the index, you’re that crazy cat lady.

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